Tenure Track Position in Indigenous Languages and Cultures

The property
Tenure Track Position in Indigenous Languages and Cultures

The Opportunity
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval. The area of specialization is Indigenous Languages and Cultures.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (www.ryerson.ca/llc) is housed in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University in the city of Toronto in the territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat peoples. The Department has undergone extraordinary growth and diversification in recent years, launching an original BA in Language and Intercultural Relations, as well as a new Major in Anthropology in the BA in Arts and Contemporary Studies. These innovative interdisciplinary programs aim to provide students with the opportunity to deepen their sense of self-awareness in order to achieve intercultural empathy and cultural competence, so that they can understand how others see the world differently and then serve as intercultural mediators in diverse walks of life. While our ambition is to build our own graduate program in the near future, faculty members are currently involved in several interdisciplinary graduate programs, including the MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies, the MA/PhD joint programs in Communication and Culture, and the PhD in Policy Studies. In addition to a wide selection of courses taught in English, LLC offers courses in American Sign Language, Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish, with a plan to offer Indigenous language courses as soon as possible.

Responsibilities will include teaching and supervising at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs, including taking a lead role in Indigenous language and culture curriculum development as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent, externally-funded research agenda; and participating in the academic life of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Faculty of Arts and the University.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD (or expect to do so by July 2019), and will demonstrate an ability to contribute to both our undergraduate and graduate programs, show evidence of high-quality teaching, cultivate a strong research profile and an emerging scholarly record, and manifest a clear capacity for collegial service. The candidate will have established expertise in areas such as language revitalization, language acquisition, language planning, language development, and language documentation/documentary linguistics. They will have expertise in identifying, recording, maintaining, fostering and curating cultural material to support language learning and community initiatives. Fluency in Anishinaabemowin and/or Kanien'kehá:ka and experience in developing and teaching Indigenous language curriculum are a requirement. Candidates who are fluent in another Indigenous language and who have a demonstrated ability to develop effective Indigenous language curriculum may also be considered. The successful candidate must be of Indigenous descent.

Equity at Ryerson University
At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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How to apply:
Applicants are asked to submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal .

The review of applications will begin in December and continue until the position is filled.

The application must contain the following:
 A letter of application and curriculum vitae
 Three (3) recent research publications
 Results of teaching evaluations (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier)
 The names of at least 1 community-based and 2 academic referees who may be contacted for reference letters

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

We thank applicants in advance for their applications; however, only applicants under consideration will be contacted about their candidacy.

Confidential inquiries may be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair, Dr. Kinga Zawada, at kzawada@ryerson.ca .

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Ms. Davina Chan, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at davina.chan@ryerson.ca . Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at t26king@ryerson.ca .

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).
● The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: https://www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/faculty-affairs/rfa-collective-agreement/RFA_CA_20 15_to_2018.pdf
● The RFA’s website can be found at: www.rfanet.ca
● A summary of RFA benefits can be found at: http://www.ryerson.ca/hr/benefits/benefits_by_group/rfa/index.html .